As the slow trudge towards summer begins, you’ll be inundated by articles encouraging you to slim down in preparation. These articles will emphasize the need to conform to a specific body type. No doubt, this body type will be unattainable at best, and unhealthy at worst. But here’s the thing: there is no such thing as a “beach body.” Too long have we been subjected to body shaming articles that advertise the newest fad diets, energy shakes, and nonsense exercises. Instead, if you want to be beach-body ready, you should focus on finding the best bikini for your body as it is, in all its splendor. If you’re in a bathing suit that fits you, you’ll be ready to hit the beach.

Find the best bikini for you.

When shopping for a bathing suit this summer, there are many things to consider. Do you want a thong bottom or a sheer bikini panty? Do you want the top of your suit to have an underwire or are you leaning more towards a soft, t-shirt bra style? Whichever style you’re more comfortable with, you must get a suit that makes you feel confident and is a perfect fit. Many beach-goers want a suit that has a bit of pizzaz. If a thong bottom isn’t your speed, sheer bikini panties may be just the ticket. A sheer bikini panty gives you the coverage you need to feel comfortable, while still showing off your shape. Your breast shape and band size will likely influence what kind of top you get. After all, a fuller bust will not be well supported in a bralette. What many women don’t know, however, is that they’re not even wearing the right bra size!

Are you really sure about your cup size?

Through no fault of their own, many women spend their lives wearing the wrong bra size. Most women don’t know that their bra should be worn on the loosest hook and that the breast tissue should never bulge over the sides of the band or out of the cup. Likewise, a bra that has gaps over the fullest part of your bust isn’t the right size either! If any of this sounds familiar, it may be time to get fitted by a professional. Seek out a lingerie store that specializes in bra fittings. Your fitting will involve the specialist measuring your bust and back. Many seasoned professionals will be able to help you size up or down just by looking at you in your current bra. If COVID-19 has you spooked, shopping in close quarters may sound daunting. If that’s the case, invest in a tape measure and take some time reviewing a bra fitting guide. You’ll be able to figure out if you need an adjustment, from the comfort of your home. With your correct bra size confirmed, you’ll be able to select your bikini top with confidence.

If you have a body, take it to the beach.

Now that we’ve covered the most important aspect of bikini-body preparedness (getting a bikini), it’s time to head to the beach. Stock up on all of your beach-going favorites at your local liquor store. Whether you’re a whiskey drinker or a vodka girl, make sure your cooler is ready for a day in the sun. If you’re more of a wine drinker, your liquor store may also stand in as a wine store. When you head to the beach, canned wine is a great option. With your perfect bikini and brimming cooler in tow, you’re ready for the beach.

Summer is right around the corner. This is a season that can trigger anxiety about body shape and size. Just remember, if you have a body, the only thing you need to do to get it bikini ready is to buy a bikini. Just remember that the fit of the suit is the most important thing. Now get out there and have a great summer.